Quotes by John Smethells.
- "Ah. I was wondering when you'd arrive. Welcome aboard the Titanic. I am Smethells, your steward. I have a letter for you from Bruce Ismay, your host. [hands letter] The Line has instructed me to relay the following information: Like her twin sister, the Olympic, the Titanic was built at the shipyards of Harland and Wolff, in Belfast, Ireland. Construction began in March, 1909. At over 46 thousand tonnes, the Titanic is the largest ship in the world. A triple-screw steamer, she has three propellors. This, one of the wing propellors is 23 feet in diameter. The ship is powered by 29 coal-fired boilers, and runs at a top speed of 23 knots. The ship is 882 feet, 9 inches long, and 92 and a half feet wide. Stood on end, she would dwarf the great buildings of the world, including the planned tallest, the 750-foot-high Woolworth Building in New York. The Titanic's outfitting was completed in March of this year. After only one day of sea trials, she proceeded directly to Southampton for provisioning and boarding of her 2200 passengers and crew. The ship is under the command of Captain E. J. Smith, who has over 40 years of experience on the sea. Most recently, he commanded the Olympic on her maiden voyage. We will arrive in New York no later than Thursday, April 18th. And possibly even earlier. The Titanic is your home until then — please do not fail to avail yourself of the many luxuries and amusements she has to offer. You are now free to explore the ship at your convenience. Do you desire additional instructions?"
- —John Smethells
- "Very well. At any time you may click on the ship symbol below to view the passengers and crew who volunteered to serve as your personal tour guides. Click on their picture — you will go to their on-board location automatically, where they will relay news and information. I trust you'll find it fascinating. If you have an internet browser, new guides will be available periodically on Cyberflix's homepage on the World Wide Web. Our address: www.cyberflix.com. Remember, you must first quit this CD-ROM to download new guides. I am most certain you will find the internet the very latest in modern technology — just like the Titanic. Now, if you'll excuse me. Goodnight."
- —John Smethells